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Friday, May 20, 2011

Recipe To Good Health - Sports And Nutrition

Chang-Hwa Bank Team make their warming up at 2...Image via Wikipedia
By Zoran Petkovic

You can be injured in any or all sports, but when you're in high school you can really get hurt - hurt feelings when you don't make the team, hurt feelings when you make the team but never get to play, hurt bodies when you get to play and the play doesn't turn out quite right.

Adolescent bodies are growing and sports injuries can cause permanent damage. Whether your child plays in an organized game at high school or is involved in a friendly neighborhood game of touch football after school, his food plan and the physical shape his body is in will make a big difference in whether or not he is injured, mends quickly or stays healthy. Here are a few sports health tips that will help protect your child.

Being active in any sport helps burn off calories. Take for example a teenage boy who's active in football - he burns 3,000 to 5,000 calories every day.

Extra protein (that big steak before the game) is not all that it's cracked up to be. Teenagers who are playing football or other trauma sports do need a little more protein than average adults, but too much protein is not good for the body. And for goodness sake, don't eat that big meal before the big game - eat it afterward. Sports are best played on an empty stomach - about three hours after a meal.

Water is the most important element in your teen's sports health.

Teens do need more calcium now, so make sure they are eating well-balanced meals from all the food groups and are getting plenty of milk.

Obese teens generally do not play team sports and are not as physically active as team members. They may need private counseling, therapy or exercise plans, but exercise is one of the only ways they will be able to make a dent in their weight problem.

It's really important that you explain to your child that warming up before playing any sport is absolutely necessary. If they don't warm up before play, they risk to be injured.

If there is a high amount of injuries in your school football league, make sure you investigate this. It usually happens because there are coaches who teach children to play violently.

If your child appears to have a sports-related injury, make sure you find out about it. Don't let a teen try to be macho or go only to the coach. The coach should know, but so should the parents and so should the family doctor.

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